Druid 2019 Programme Announced

As a writer’s theatre company with a track record in premiering new plays of international stature, Druid today announced an exciting programme of new work.

By presenting a full year of new work, Druid‘s ambition is to develop and widen the boundaries around the existing canon and to build the appetite and audiences for new writing.

“The literary text has been and always will be paramount for Druid, from John Millington Synge to Tom Murphy to Sonya Kelly. The origin of everything lies with the writer” says Artistic Director, Garry Hynes. “We develop new work in many different ways, and we are delighted with the strength of the new work coming through over the past few years. This has allowed us to commit ourselves to doing all new plays this year.”


A new play by Brian Watkins

Garry Hynes will direct the world premiere of Epiphany by Brian Watkins. Produced in association with the Galway International Arts Festival (GIAF), it will premiere at the Town Hall Theatre during the festival in July. Epiphany marks Brooklyn-based writer Brian Watkins’ debut with Druid.

Epiphany will preview at Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire 12th and 13th July before premiering at the Town Hall Theatre, Galway during GIAF from 17th to 27th July.

Druid are also thrilled to announce that during the run, Stage Left, an exhibition of Epiphany rehearsal sketches by Brian Bourke will be on display at the Town Hall Theatre.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday 15th May.

The Beacon

A new play by Nancy Harris

The Beacon by Nancy Harris, to be directed by Garry Hynes, was commissioned by Druid in 2016. This will be a co-production with the Gate Theatre as part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2019.

The Beacon will premiere at the Town Hall Theatre, Galway from 20th to 28th September before its run at the Gate Theatre, Dublin from 2nd to 26th October.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday 29th May.

Druid Debuts

Druid Debuts staged readings offer the chance to experience work fresh off the page. Druid received over 200 scripts during the New Writing submission window in 2018. Three selected plays will be presented as Druid Debuts in the Mick Lally Theatre on Druid Lane as part of GIAF.

Caoimhe, Carl, and the Great Tapir in the Sky by Sionnán Ní Nualláin, 19th July, 3pm.

Shin-Aid by Eamann Breen and Narcissus by William Dunleavy, 26th July, 3pm.

The 2019 New Writing submissions window will open at 12 noon (GMT) Tuesday 14th May and will close at 12 noon (GMT) 30th September 2019.

Alongside our main programme of activities, we will continue our commitment to artist development through FUEL artist residencies and the Marie Mullen Bursary for female artists.